Jason Statham is back and ready to kick some gill in this under, and occasionally above, water actioner that spans the globe.
Statham (“Fast & Furious 8“, “Crank”) is Jonas Taylor a deep-sea rescue diver who, whilst saving people from a stricken submarine, comes across something the likes of which no-one has ever seen.
Because of this, no-one believes him, particularly as he had to make a difficult decision and save some crew, rather than lose everyone.
Fast forward and we’re underwater again in a multi-billion-dollar research platform near the Mariana Trench paid for by billionaire Morris, Rainn Wilson (“Super”, “The Office (TV)”).
On board are Suyin, Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age Of Extinction”, “Resident Evil: Retribution”), her daughter Meiying, Shuya Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), Mac, Cliff Curtis (“Whale Rider”, “Fear The Walking Dead (TV)”), Suyin’s father Zhang, Winston Chao (“Skiptrace“, “1911”), Jaxx, Ruby Rose (“John Wick: Chapter 2“, Orange Is The New Black (TV)”), DJ, Page Kennedy (“Bones (TV)”, “S.W.A.T.”), Heller, Robert Taylor (“The Matrix”, “Kong: Skull Island“), The Wall, Olafur Darri Olafsson (“True Detective (TV)”, “The BFG“), Taylor’s ex-wife Lori, Jessica McNamee (“Battle Of The Sexes”, “CHIPS“) and Toshi, Masi Oka (“Heroes (TV)”, “Get Smart”).
As you can see, a lot of nations are catered for and, to be fair to writers Dean Georgaris (“Paycheck”, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life”), Jon Hoeber (“RED”, “Battleship”) and Erich Hoeber (“RED”, “Battleship”), they do a decent job of giving everybody a bit of a story and some screen time.
Naturally though, this is about the Statham, as he turns himself round from being the outcast, disbelieved one, to the saves the day hero, mainly helped by Li Bingbing.
The Meg is what it is, I can’t say it’s not going to win any awards anymore, what with the new category from The Academy about popular movies (though something tells me this type of movie would still be shunned), but it’s a lot of fun.
It does run long, coming just shy of two-hours, but it’s well directed by Jon Turteltaub (“National Treasure”, “Last Vegas”), the first scene that sees Statham in the water with the Megalodon is well done, he manages to bring a nice edge to things.
The Meg follows a well-worn path in its construction. I wouldn’t pay too close attention, or you’ll likely get very annoyed by what you are watching.
Fans of the Jurassic Park movies will notice a bit of a pattern, or perhaps any film which features an annoying rich-man playing with his toys and then getting his comeuppance, although Wilson isn’t quite as annoying as the rest of the characters make him out to be.
The CGI is ok, it’s not the aforementioned Jurassic Park levels but then one would imagine this didn’t have anywhere near the budget, but it’s decent enough, and there are some funny moments and plenty of references to other movies.
The Meg is a good, fun, summer actioner, something you’ll watch, forget and move on with your life. It could have been a tad shorter, it could have been a bit more fun rather than taking itself quite so serious, but otherwise, not bad little fishy, not bad at all.
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